At New Method Wellness, we are proud of our highly qualified and empathetic professional treatment team. With over 60 employees and growing, we have the opportunity to provide the individualized treatment our clients deserve on their road to recovery. From our Clinical Director to our Nutritional Therapist, we have the most educated and experienced addiction professionals serving on our treatment staff. Each staff member brings to the table their expertise, years of experience and their passion for substance abuse treatment, treating New Method Wellness as their home away from home.
ED BLUM, CADCA-I Chief Executive Officer, Owner / Founder
As an Owner/Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at New Method Wellness, Ed Blum brings a supportive but nononsense approach to the center. He is passionate about recovery service and has been a crucial leader in the development of New Method Wellness, bringing the center’s strengths to the forefront. Ed’s hands-on, personable leadership style enables him to connect with clients during the course of their treatment; his vested interest in each person’s progress makes clients feel that they have a personal ally at the highest level of the organization. Ed cites the consistency and spiritual values of the company as its strengths, and he sees his contribution as rearticulating those fundamentals. Ed has a 30-year background as a successful business executive and has served in the military for 15 years. He enjoys cooking for crowds and loves to play golf.
DEANNA M. JORDAN, MFTI, LAADC Clinical Director
DeAnna Jordan serves as the Clinical Director at New Method Wellness where she supervises a team of caring, well-trained clinicians who provide continued support throughout a client’s stay. With over 20 years of experience working with clients in recovery, Jordan is a marriage and family therapist (MFT) who specializes in maintaining healthy relationships. Her expertise has catapulted her into the spotlight, as she was featured on Dr. Phil, Jane Valdez-Mitchell, National Geographic’s Taboo, and has been published in Elle Magazine as well as The Huffington Post.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Irvine, Jordan did post-graduate work at Centaur University where she graduated at the top of her class with a CAADAC certification in Centaur’s chemical dependency program. Following her time at Centaur, Jordan received her Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology.
As a recovering addict, Jordan brings a breadth of personal recovery experience to her clinical leadership and believes a comfortable, structured and supportive environment is an essential part of maintaining long-term sobriety. In addition to her passion for recovery, Jordan is extremely involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). As a current Woman of the Year candidate, Jordan is campaigning to raise funds for LLS blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors.
Susie Hopson-Blum, CADC-A Intake Director, Owner / Founder
An owner and founder of New Method Wellness, Susie Hopson-Blum serves as the Director of Admissions. Having been in recovery for over 25 years, Hopson-Blum has been an active, vital member of the recovery community ever since she went into treatment in 1988. Her experience managing and directing a behavioral health treatment facility has its roots in Sober Pacific Living, a sober living house which opened its doors to clients with a passion for treatment and recovery. Susie Hopson-Blum used her professional expertise and personal experience to establish New Method Wellness, a substance abuse treatment center that takes a holistic approach to recovery.
Hopson-Blum is a Certified National Drug and Alcohol Assessor from the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists and is passionate about being an integral part of the intervention process. As an intern level-certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Hopson-Blum has years of experience directing and guiding families in assisting their loved ones from active addiction to the safety of treatment. Prior to opening New Method Wellness, Hopson-Blum sold real estate for 35 years.
Bing Crosby, BA Chief Financial Officer, Owner
Bing is an Owner as well as the Chief Financial Officer at New Method Wellness. He oversees the organization’s payor relations, support services, information technology, legal, standards and compliance, and health information management areas. Having owned several businesses in the past including a daycare center, Bing is well suited to serve as our financial strategist. He is utilizing his financial management and strategic planning experience to help New Method Wellness continue to grow and provide cost effective services to clients and their families. After landing a football scholarship at Boise State University, Bing went on to graduate from Vanguard University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Brook McKenzie, BA Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Brook McKenzie serves as the Clinical Outreach Coordinator and Family Liaison for New Method Wellness. As an experienced interventionist, Brook works directly with the family to facilitate an interruption of the loved one’s active addiction cycle, discontinue enabling factors, and to help expedite the loved one’s entry into treatment.
Born and raised in East Texas, Brook’s own family endured several years of pain and frustration at the hands of his addiction to drugs and alcohol. Today, he shares his past experience freely with an eye towards mentoring families.
Nik Grikitis, CAII Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Nik Grikitis serves as the Clinical Outreach Coordinator for Intensive Outpatient Services at New Method Wellness. An active member of the Orange County recovery community, Nik delivers a level of courtesy and professionalism that embodies the culture of New Method Wellness. Nik plays a significant role in both outreach and logistics, including a company-wide initiative geared towards New Method Wellness client care and operational excellence. Deeply involved in cultivating relationships on behalf of New Method Wellness, Nik seeks to constantly improve the operational systems, processes, and policies in support of the organization’s mission — specifically, help support the individual by better client care. Grikitis is also a proud Alumnus of the New Method Wellness program.
Sue Anne Client Services Coordinator
Sue Anne is our Client Services Coordinator at New Method Wellness. Sue Anne comes to New Method Wellness with a rich history of management work with business development and customer service. As the Client Services Coordinator, Sue Anne is often the first face our new clients see during the intake process and the last face they see during discharge. A constant with every client throughout their time at New Method Wellness and long after, Sue Anne coordinates check-ins with alumni and ensures that all clients transition efficiently back into their families, work and personal life as a sober member of society. She is extremely personable and kind, making her a valuable confidant for our clients.
John Hunter Compliance Coordinator
In 2005, John Hunter came to California from Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated with an associate’s degree in Business from Blair Business College and has nearly 30 years of business experience with a national food chain under his belt. A family man, John and his wife Regina have five children and six grandchildren to whom they are deeply committed. John is very active in the Orange County sober community and believes deeply in the process of spiritual recovery. John also has over ten years of experience in all aspects of Recovery Home administration. A newer member of the New Method Wellness team, John’s enthusiasm for working with those new to recovery endears him to staff and friends, who affectionately call him “Pops.”
Stephanie Jones Assistant Compliance Coordinator
Stephanie is a friendly face around the New Method Wellness office. She works closely with the administration staff, the house managers, and the Compliance Coordinator to ensure that all accreditations and license requirements are in order. Stephanie has a rich history in administration work, bringing professionalism and efficiency to the New Method Wellness team.
Tracy McKenzie Special Projects Coordinator
As the Special Projects Coordinator at New Method Wellness, Tracy McKenzie is tasked with a wide purview of responsibilities. From interior design and decoration of our homes and offices to the administration of complex contract negotiations that benefit our clients and staff alike, Tracy works directly with the executive staff to best carry out the vision of the New Method Wellness founders. With a management level background in Business and Finance, Tracy seeks to constantly raise the level of quality that New Method Wellness embraces. A native to Southern California, Tracy’s personal journey into long-term recovery allows for a remarkable blend of both knowledge and compassion.
Dr. Nishant Kumar, DO Consulting Addiction Psychiatrist
Dr. Nishant Kumar is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist qualified in Addiction Psychiatry. After receiving his Addictionology residency training at the distinguished Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Kumar has had extensive experience in working with inpatients and outpatients with regard to substance abuse treatment. At New Method Wellness, he brings his expertise to treat eating disorders, Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, depression, memory disorders and a variety of neurological and spectrum disorders. Dr. Kumar is an approved, licensed buprenorphine provider and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to his clinical skills, he is actively involved in Addiction Medicine and other addiction-related research and currently serves as the Principal Investigator for Friends Research Institute in Torrance, California.
Dr. Mitchell Naficy, MD, FAAFP Medical Director
Dr. Naficy is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Medicine whose style of patient care involves caring for the person as a whole, rather than just treating a particular symptom or illness. His expertise lies in the mobilization of the unconscious, and as one of the few physicians in California who specializes in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), New Method Wellness is grateful and privileged to have Dr. Naficy on our team. His credentials include a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine, in Puerto Rico. Dr. Naficy completed a post-graduate training in 1990 at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center in Los Angeles and then completed his three-year residency in Family Medicine at the University of California’s Medical Center in Irvine, California.
Karin Lindgren, BSN, MSN-FNP Medical Operations Coordinator
Karin got her passion for people while working in a busy trauma center/emergency room for eight years. At New Method Wellness, she is responsible for organizing integration of alumni into the local sober community. The first steps after graduating our program are important and challenging! Karin also develops our sober magazine Sober & Well and our upcoming sobriety website www.soberandwell.com. She states, “If I could have one wish, it would be to share the happiness and fun I have found in sobriety.”
Louis Heit, LMFT, LCSW Clinical Consultant
Louis Heit is our Clinical Consultant, providing supervision and clinical oversight to our counselor and therapist team. He is licensed in California as both a Clinical Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, has Professional Certificate training in Business Management from the University of California, and has over thirty years of experience in providing direct care, training, supervision, program development and management, with specialties in trauma recovery, substance abuse treatment, mood disorders, and pain management. In addition to running a private practice and his work at New Method Wellness, Louis is a clinical preceptor for the US Navy, Camp Pendleton Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, and is on the faculty at the University of Southern California, School of Social Work. He also consults for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Ruta Sternbergs, ED.D., Psy.D., CADC Therapist
Dr. Sternbergs is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. She started her career as a registered nurse (RN), which lead to her interest in the psychological needs of individuals. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, where she was asked to co-evaluate their inaugural Master’s Program Specializing in Counseling Women. Ruta also completed the requirements for her Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from the American Behavioral Studies Institute. For the past several years, she has been an active member of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County. She has discovered that her true calling is in the field of addiction recovery. “I cannot think of any other disease that has such a profound impact on so many.” She considers it to be an honor to connect and work with clients as they embark on their personal recovery journey. Ruta enjoys her family, friends and all creatures, big or small.
Linda Snell, BA, MA, MSW Therapist
Linda is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. Linda spent ten years as a field investigator, most notably working with the OC Department of Probation Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit, during which she found interest in case management for individuals struggling with addiction in all of its forms. Linda achieved her Masters in Social Work from USC and spent the last year as a therapist for Hoag Hospital Community Health Center, specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Linda is a wonderful contribution to the New Method Wellness team with her experience, her leadership attributes, and her passion for helping others. On her free time, Linda volunteers at Saddleback Church where she is a PEACE leader responsible for developing outreach programs to enhance self-efficacy.
Juanita Wells, CADC-II Counselor
Juanita is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. She has a profound understanding of the recovery process and her diverse background and thoughtful insight provide a comforting voice of reassurance to our clients. She demonstrates the compassion to gently guide the client as well as the entire family down the path of recovery. She believes pro-active measures are necessary when an individual is suffering from the disease of addiction. Always willing to go the extra distance, she ensures our clients receive the highest quality of care possible. She thoroughly enjoys working with the clients and feels rewarded by having the opportunity to see them make major changes over the course of treatment. Juanita is a duly accredited Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC-II) with International Accreditation (ICADC).
James Shoffeitt, CATC-I Counselor
James is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. Having been in recovery for over six years and working in the field of addiction treatment since 2011, he graduated from Saddleback College’s Human Services Program. Operating from the philosophy that recovery truly happens when the mind, body and spirit become one, James helps countless people find themselves, recovery and their purpose in life. An advocate for surf, equine and outdoor therapies, he believes there are as many paths to recovery as rivers that reach the sea. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings…” – Lao Tzu.
Perzan Irani, BA, CADC-II Counselor
Perzan received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University graduating with highest distinction in the top 5% of his class. He would later study psychology at Columbia University in the City of New York. He was trained in Gestalt Therapy by Brad Blanton, Ph.D., author of the bestselling book Radical Honesty™, eventually becoming a coach and trainer. Perzan was trained in meditation and yoga science directly from Ram Lev, founder of The American Meditation Institute. While on a journey of personal transformation, he studied Zen Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy at the Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains. Winner of the Cambridge Who’s Who Award for Professionals and a 10-year veteran of the Human Potential Movement, Perzan is a duly accredited Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC-II) with International Accreditation (ICADC).
Barbara Rodriguez, BS, CATC III Counselor
Barbara earned her undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies at Southern Illinois University with a minor in Criminal Justice. After losing her daughter to addiction, Barbara was drawn to the field of recovery with hopes of using her experiences to help others. She furthered her studies to become a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC). Believing that addiction is a family disease, Barbara has a passion to educate and empower families who may be struggling with a loved one’s addiction. She is dedicated to supporting the clients and their families through their recovery journey
Doug Pleiman, BA, CADC-A Counselor
Doug serves as one of our Drug and Alcohol Counselors at New Method Wellness. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and is currently in school for his Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Doug’s insight, relatability, and passion for service make him a great asset to the New Method Wellness clinical team. Witnessing the power of transparency and transformation in addiction counseling inspired Doug to dive into this career with full vigor; his compassion and commitment for persons with drug and alcohol addiction motivate him to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.
George Hillyard, CATC-i Counselor
George is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. He is a graduate of the Human Services Program at Saddleback College. Having been active in the South Orange County recovery community for six years, George has worked in inpatient, outpatient and detox facilities. His hands-on experience with those suffering from addiction at all levels of treatment has provided him with insight and knowledge to empathize with individuals’ common struggles in early recovery. He aims to create an environment of trust and comfort wherein it is safe for those battling addiction to open up and uncover the underlying causes of their using and drinking behavior so they may have a fresh start in life.
Tammy Major, CATC II Counselor
In 2012, Tammy started as an intern counselor at New Method Wellness when she developed a passion for recovery, which she practices on a daily basis. After moving to Texas for a few years, Tammy returned to Orange County and joined the New Method Wellness team as a full-time counselor; clients use the tools she develops for a healthy sobriety as she helps them navigate their recovery journey. Tammy earned her degree and certification from Saddleback College’s Human Services’ Alcohol and Drug Program. She is a mother of two and enjoys traveling and golfing with her husband.
Taylor Mosby Front Office Coordinator
As the Front Office Coordinator, Taylor works at the front line of New Method Wellness and welcomes guests with her spunky and friendly demeanor. Her joyful attitude creates a safe space for clients to approach her with their needs. While she is meeting the needs of clients as well as colleagues, she efficiently manages her time and ensures effective operations within the center. Her history in customer service contributes to her “fix-it” attitude, and she is passionate about putting a smile on clients’ faces. Not only does Taylor provide outstanding administrative support, she also brings her creative talents to the table. As our designated photographer, she addresses the website and marketing needs for New Method Wellness. Taylor has over six years in recovery and is a proud mother of a busy toddler. Her mantra is, “A successful day for me is seeing the clients laugh, shining a light on a place that has been dark for so long.”
Enza Deliso Operations Coordinator
Enza Deliso serves as the Operations Director at New Method Wellness where her responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations, ensuring that client needs are met and structuring the client-centered staff to reflect demand. A professional in the health care industry, Deliso’s past cancer care experience enables her to assist clients in their recovery at New Method Wellness as she serves as an empathetic liaison between the clinical staff and the clients. In addition to her passion for recovery, Deliso advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and is a strong animal rights activist.
Kammy Ingram, BA Bookkeeper
Kammy is our bookkeeper and joined the New Method Wellness team in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine. Kammy has 20 years of bookkeeping experience and provides accurate and timely assistance to all departments, handling anything that comes her way with grace, dignity and a smile. The epitome of compassion, thoughtfulness and professionalism, Kammy is truly an asset to our team and is happy to help whenever she is needed. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Autumn Lewis, BS, RD Nutritionist
Autumn Lewis is the on-staff nutritionist at New Method Wellness. She received her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Colorado State University in 2011 and completed her Dietetic Internship from Cal Poly Pomona in 2012. Autumn is a real food Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD). Her approach to food is threefold: use food to nourish the body, make it taste good, and keep it simple. As a wife and mother, Autumn knows how life’s busy distractions can affect food choices; she believes food can either heal or harm the body, but oftentimes people make poor food choices on-the-go which eventually take a toll on the body. On her free time, Autumn enjoys spending time with her husband and son, going for walks with friends, shopping the farmer’s market and traveling to new places.
Ginnie Thomas, CMT Massage Therapist
Our Massage Therapist at New Method Wellness, Ginnie Thomas, is passionate about sobriety and has been a firsthand witness to the overwhelming effects of addiction, not only on the mind and body but the spirit as well. Ginnie is well aware of the therapeutic benefits of massage and healing touch. Her massages ultimately help clients reconnect with themselves. “It is a blessing for me to have a skill that helps people feel better, a bright spot in their day,” she says. Clients appreciate how much massage can ease stress, decrease anxiety, relieve physical pains, and provide additional support to the process of recovery. Ginnie has been practicing massage therapy since 1998 and has been with New Method Wellness since 2010.
Desiree Lee Yoga Instructor
A certified Yoga Instructor and Master Reiki Healer at New Method Wellness, Desiree is a catalyst for transformation and growth as she helps clients find their individual paths toward a healthy mind, body and spirit. For the past seven years, Desiree has funneled her passion for health and spirituality through mastering her craft as a yoga practitioner. In class, she focuses on simple meditation and breathing techniques. Gentle movements take away stiffness, allowing energy to flow more freely, develop strength and flexibility, and calm the body and mind. Clients end up feeling more comfortable and relaxed in their body. Her practices assist clients with anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, cravings, disconnection, and much more.
Edmund Erickson, MAOM, LAc Acupuncturist
Edmund is our Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist at New Method Wellness and has over 16 years of clinical experience. He uses the following treatment methods in clinic: traditional Chinese acupuncture, traditional Japanese meridian therapy, and the balance method. He also treats the following: detoxification, addiction, pain of any kind (physical or emotional), weak digestion, stress, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, and mind-body disconnection. Edmund is Nationally Certified as a Diplomat in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.
Genevieve Garcia, MA, Psy. Therapeutic Arts Counselor
Genevieve is our Therapeutic Arts Counselor at New Method Wellness. She finds that having a creative outlet enables individuals to express emotions that are sometimes difficult to communicate through words. Genevieve facilitates workshops where clients use a variety of different media as an outlet to express themselves through being creative. She finds that creativity can be a wonderful tool to build confidence, express emotions, and process difficult experiences. Her goal is for clients to be in the moment and lose themselves in the process, to experience peace, insight, positive reinforcement, and expression through creativity. Genevieve has studied both psychology and art. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a certificate of Therapeutic Arts Facilitation from Chapman University’s extended education program.
Allie Lake, CATC IV Counselor
A substance abuse counselor at New Method Wellness, Allie has over 12 years of professional experience in the field of addiction, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s in Professional Counseling, and credentials as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC). Her philosophy behind her treatment is grounded in breaking the cycle of addiction and trauma carried through family wounds of the soul. She specializes in cooccurring disorders, process addictions, and individual, group and family counseling. In addition, Allie also treats eating disorders with guided imagery and Somatic therapy.
Danny Libor, CATCi Counselor
Danny is a drug and alcohol counselor at New Method Wellness. With close to six years of recovery after a decade of addiction, he now follows his passion by using his experience to motivate others to grow. Danny’s paralegal background gives him insight into many of the legal troubles facing some clients. A strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Danny recognizes differing treatment plans that would best serve the needs for this population. Having a keen eye to identify trauma, he makes it a priority to start the treatment at the very core of the issue. He focuses on providing the care and empathy we all deserve, passing on the tools to live a happy and healthy lifestyle in recovery.